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ARCHIVE - 28 January 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's Business Climate Down by 3.2% in January
Bulgarian Cartel Watchdog OKs UBB-Postbank Merger
'Forgetfulness' Blamed for Salary Hike of Bulgarian Politicians
CEO of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP: Unit 7 May Be Functional by 2020-2022
Ex Bulgarian Minister: Nuclear Referendum was Damaged Goods in Democratic Packaging
Official Turnout in Bulgarian NPP Referendum Still Mystery
Bulgargaz CEO: Talks for Shah Deniz 2 Gas Supplies Are 99% Complete
51% of Bulgarian Expats Say 'No' to Belene NPP
Energy Minister: Only 800 000 Bulgarians Disagree with Govt on Belene NPP
Sofia Voters Said 'No' to New N-Plant
60% of Bulgarian Voters Said 'Yes' to New N-Plant
Workers at Faltering Military Plant 'Laud' Bulgarian PM

Politics

Bulgarian President Embarks on Visit to France
UKIP Leader Lashes Out at Bulgaria, Triggers Controversy
Bulgaria Chief Prosecutor Embarks on 1st Visit to Brussels
EU Reluctant to Include Hezbollah in Terrorist Blacklist
UK Moves to Chase Away Bulgarians, Romanians with Rain
Bulgarian PM Sacks Head of Energy Watchdog
Bulgaria's Education Minister Resigns
29% of Bulgarian Referendum Voters Were Non-Partisan

Society

Manager of Bulgaria's Embattled Research Fund Resigns
Bulgaria's Finance Minister Recommends Referendum on Major Environmental Topic
Bulgaria's Capital Prosecutor Dies of Cancer Aged 39

Crime

Sofia Palace of Justice Evacuated over Bomb Threat

Views on BG

Bulgaria Nuclear Vote 'Invalidated by Low Turnout'
Why Attack a Bulgarian Politician?

World

Brazil Declares 3 Days of Mourning over Nightclub Tragedy

Novinite Insider

Nuclear Energy vs. Nuclear Energy

Open Letter

Mr. Farage, Come to Bulgaria to See You Are Wrong

Business

Bulgaria's Business Climate Down by 3.2% in January

Bulgaria's business climate in January worsened by 3.2% as compared to the previous month, according to the country's National Statistical Institute.

Business | January 28, 2013, Monday // 14:44

Bulgarian Cartel Watchdog OKs UBB-Postbank Merger

Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition has issued a permit to United Bulgarian Bank, UBB, to acquire Postbank.

Business » Finance | January 28, 2013, Monday // 17:39

'Forgetfulness' Blamed for Salary Hike of Bulgarian Politicians

Senior Bulgarian officials such as ministers and members of the Parliament have received a pay raise at the end of January despite an earlier decision of the government to freeze these salaries.

Business » Finance | January 28, 2013, Monday // 12:39

CEO of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP: Unit 7 May Be Functional by 2020-2022

Valentin Nikolov, CEO of the Kozloduy NPP, has said that a seventh unit at the plant could be functional by 2020 or 2022.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 17:08

Ex Bulgarian Minister: Nuclear Referendum was Damaged Goods in Democratic Packaging

Former Energy Minister Traycho Traykov has defined the January 27 referendum on the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria as a "damaged item in democratic packaging.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 15:36

Official Turnout in Bulgarian NPP Referendum Still Mystery

Nearly twenty hours after the closing of voting polls in Bulgaria's first national referendum since 1989, the Central Electoral Commission is yet to release the official voter turnout percentage.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 14:43

Bulgargaz CEO: Talks for Shah Deniz 2 Gas Supplies Are 99% Complete

Bulgargaz is in talks for gas supplies from the Shah-Deniz 2 field in Azerbaijan, according to Dimitar Gogov, CEO of the state-owned company.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 13:49

51% of Bulgarian Expats Say 'No' to Belene NPP

Most Bulgarians abroad have marked a "NO" answer in the country's first national referendum since 1989.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 12:00

Energy Minister: Only 800 000 Bulgarians Disagree with Govt on Belene NPP

Commenting on the results of the January 27 nuclear referendum in Bulgaria, Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev has suggested that only 800 000 Bulgarians believe that the government made a mistake by suspending the Belene NPP project.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 11:43

Sofia Voters Said 'No' to New N-Plant

While the majority of Bulgarians who took part in Sunday's referendum voted in favor of the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country, the majority of Sofianites begged to differ, according to a poll.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 11:31

60% of Bulgarian Voters Said 'Yes' to New N-Plant

A total of 60.55% of all Bulgarians who took part in Sunday's nationwide referendum voted in favor of the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country.

Business » Energy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 08:03

Workers at Faltering Military Plant 'Laud' Bulgarian PM

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, was greeted with applause by workers at Bulgaria's heavily indebted State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ Sopot.

Business » Industry | January 28, 2013, Monday // 15:41

Politics

Bulgarian President Embarks on Visit to France

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is to arrive in France for an official visit on Monday.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 28, 2013, Monday // 09:38

UKIP Leader Lashes Out at Bulgaria, Triggers Controversy

The UK Independence Party leader has renewed with a vengeance his criticism of Bulgaria in a bid to fuel fears over new immigrants, coming as of 2014.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 28, 2013, Monday // 15:04

Bulgaria Chief Prosecutor Embarks on 1st Visit to Brussels

Bulgaria's new Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov will make his first visit to Brussels accompanied by Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 28, 2013, Monday // 14:27

EU Reluctant to Include Hezbollah in Terrorist Blacklist

EU may refuse to include Hezbollah in its blacklist even if it turns out that the organization was responsible for last year's terror attack in Bulgaria's Burgas, according to an official.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 28, 2013, Monday // 13:39

UK Moves to Chase Away Bulgarians, Romanians with Rain

The British government considers launching an advertising campaign highlighting the pitfalls of life in the UK such as the rain in order to put off would-be immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 28, 2013, Monday // 08:33

Bulgarian PM Sacks Head of Energy Watchdog

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is proposing to the Cabinet to dismiss from the post the Chairman of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR, Angel Semerdzhiev.

Politics » Domestic | January 28, 2013, Monday // 16:36

Bulgaria's Education Minister Resigns

Bulgaria's Education Minister, Sergey Ignatov, has resigned from the post.

Politics » Domestic | January 28, 2013, Monday // 16:21

29% of Bulgarian Referendum Voters Were Non-Partisan

One third of Bulgarians, (29%), who voted in the country's first national referendum since 1989, have done it without being influenced by a political party.

Politics » Domestic | January 28, 2013, Monday // 14:22

Society

Manager of Bulgaria's Embattled Research Fund Resigns

The manager of Bulgaria's embattled and scandal-ridden Scientific Research Fund, Hristo Petrov, has resigned.

Society | January 28, 2013, Monday // 13:36

Bulgaria's Finance Minister Recommends Referendum on Major Environmental Topic

Bulgaria's next referendum should be on an important environmental topic, according to Finance Minister Simeon Djankov.

Society » Environment | January 28, 2013, Monday // 10:45

Bulgaria's Capital Prosecutor Dies of Cancer Aged 39

Sofia district prosecutor Alexander Nalbantov has passed away after losing a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 38.

Society » Obituaries | January 28, 2013, Monday // 19:16

Crime

Sofia Palace of Justice Evacuated over Bomb Threat

Bulgarian capital Sofia's Palace of Justice, home of various judicial institutions and organizations, was emptied early on Monday in the wake of an anonymous bomb alert.

Crime | January 28, 2013, Monday // 10:15

Views on BG

Bulgaria Nuclear Vote 'Invalidated by Low Turnout'

A controversial referendum on whether to build a new nuclear power plant in Bulgaria appears to have been invalidated by low turnout.

Views on BG | January 28, 2013, Monday // 11:11

Why Attack a Bulgarian Politician?

Last Sunday, news agencies and western media outlets took out Bulgaria from oblivion once again to report on a bizarre news story.

Views on BG | January 28, 2013, Monday // 10:45

World

Brazil Declares 3 Days of Mourning over Nightclub Tragedy

Brazil has declared three days of national mourning for over 230 people killed in a nightclub fire in the southern city of Santa Maria.

World | January 28, 2013, Monday // 09:00

Novinite Insider

Nuclear Energy vs. Nuclear Energy

Some media outlets in Bulgaria stated Monday that approximately 60% of Bulgarians voted in favor of the development of nuclear energy in the country.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | January 28, 2013, Monday // 11:28

Open Letter

Mr. Farage, Come to Bulgaria to See You Are Wrong

Dear Mr. Farage, My name is Ralitsa Behar and I am a Bulgarian. I decided to write to you, because I was surprised by your comments on the BBC1's Question Time on January 17, 2013.

Open Letter | January 28, 2013, Monday // 15:03